A Guide to Whale Watching on the Sunshine Coast

From June to November, the waters off the Sunshine Coast become a highway for humpback whales on their annual migration. These gentle giants, ranging from newborn calves to massive adults, journey thousands of kilometers from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to warmer waters in northern Australia, where they mate and give birth. Along the way, they pass by the Sunshine Coast, providing a front-row seat to one of nature’s most spectacular displays.

Several prime locations along the Sunshine Coast offer excellent vantage points for whale watching:

1. Point Arkwright: Situated near Coolum Beach, Point Arkwright offers panoramic views of the coastline, making it an ideal spot for spotting whales breaching and playing in the waves.

2. Mooloolaba: The waters off Mooloolaba are frequented by whales on their migration route. Board a whale watching tour from the Mooloolaba Wharf for a chance to get up close to these majestic creatures.

3. Noosa National Park: The coastal trails of Noosa National Park provide stunning vistas of the ocean, perfect for spotting whales as they pass by. Keep an eye out for their distinctive blows and tail slaps against the horizon.

4. Double Island Point: Accessible by 4WD along the Great Beach Drive, Double Island Point offers a remote and picturesque setting for whale watching. Climb the sand dunes for uninterrupted views of the ocean and passing whales.

Whale Watching Tours

For a truly immersive experience, consider joining a whale watching tour led by knowledgeable guides and marine experts. These tours provide the opportunity to learn about whale behavior, migration patterns, and conservation efforts while observing these majestic creatures up close. Many tour operators along the Sunshine Coast offer half-day or full-day excursions, complete with onboard amenities and expert commentary to enhance your whale watching experience.


Tips for a Memorable Experience

To make the most of your whale watching adventure on the Sunshine Coast, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Bring Binoculars: While whales can often be spotted from the shore, binoculars can enhance your viewing experience, allowing you to see details such as breaches and fluke patterns more clearly.
  • Dress Appropriately: The weather on the water can be unpredictable, so be sure to dress in layers and bring a waterproof jacket to stay comfortable throughout your excursion.
  • Respect Wildlife: Remember that whales are wild animals, and it’s important to maintain a respectful distance to ensure their safety and well-being. Follow the guidance of your tour operator or observe from designated viewing areas along the coast.

So pack your binoculars, don your sunscreen, and embark on an unforgettable adventure along the Sunshine Coast, where every encounter with these gentle giants is a moment to treasure for a lifetime.


Contact the team at Peregian Beach Holiday to arrange the best accommodation for your whale-watching holiday.  Telephone (07) 5448 1500

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